The Kaduna State Government says it never appointed any group or individual to negotiate on its behalf with bandits over the abduction of the 39 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Mando in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.
The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, who stated this on Sunday, added that anyone caught negotiating with bandits, on government’s behalf, would be prosecuted.
Parents of the abducted students had reached out to prominent citizens to prevail on Governor Nasir El-Rufai to do his possible best to ensure that their children regain their freedom.
This followed the expiration of a 48-hour-ulmatum handed down to both the State and Federal Government to effect the release of the abducted students by the parents who protested over their children.
The trauma led to death of one of the parents, Alhaji Ibrahim Shamaki, whose daughter spoke in Hausa in the viral video released by the bandits.
The students were abducted on Thursday, March 11, 2021, when the bandits in their large numbers invaded their school located opposite the Nigerian Defence Academy along the Kaduna International Airport road.
However, on Sunday, through Aruwan, the government distanced itself from anybody discussing on its behalf with bandits for the release of the students.
The Commissioner in a statement titled, ‘No intermediaries appointed by Governor El-Rufai to negotiate with bandits,’ said, “The attention of the Kaduna State Government under the leadership of Governor Nasir El-Rufai has been drawn to reports in the media that it has appointed representatives to interface with bandits on its behalf.
“The Kaduna State Government hereby clarifies firmly that such intermediaries have never been appointed.
“The position of the Kaduna State Government remains the same: the Government will not negotiate with or pay ransoms to bandits.
“Any person who claims to do so in any capacity, if found, will be prosecuted accordingly.
“Citizens are urged to report the details of any persons posing as official government negotiators to the Kaduna State Security Operations Room on 09034000060 and 08170189999, or email email@example.com.”